50 years ago there wasn’t that much choice. The photographer turned up to the wedding and took a series of posed photographs, now known as the formals. There would be a shot of the Bride and Groom, Bride and Groom with Grooms parents, Bride and Groom with Brides parents, etc etc etc.
The list went on and on and on this was very boring for the whole wedding party, who just wanted it over, so they could eat and get to the ale!
My sister’s wedding photos were traditional, and turned out really painful! Not what you would want to look at again, but saying that, both of my sisters have been married, and divorced ( twice each) but you can’t blame this on the photographer.
This type of traditional wedding photography is still available if you know where to look.
To be exact, contemporary wedding photography encompasses everything that is not traditional wedding photography. The term has come to represent photography that is modern, more than just informal but involves light, composition and creativity. The contemporary photographer draw on influences from the fashion and design industries often creating images similar to those found in magazines and the movies.
Reportage is best described as, “as it happens photography”. The photographer anticipates the moment and captures the action which is unobtrusive and natural as events unfold. With its roots in photo journalism, reportage brings life to your wedding photography by catching those special moments. If you are looking for an album full of spontaneous photography, reportage is for you.
I find that the most popular choice of package that I offer includes a mixture of all of the styles: A few traditional formal shots which are good for the album and make great gifts for older relatives (no offence!). Then the rest of the photos are a mixture of contemporary and reportage. This captures the feeling and atmosphere of the wedding photography penang day as it happens.
I like to blend the styles to create an eclectic mixture which helps to tell a photographic story for an album or DVD slide-show.